Heart & Vascular Institute

Heart & Vascular Institute Leadership

Temple Heart & Vascular Institute is led by some of the nation’s foremost leaders in cardiovascular innovation and treatment. Their contributions to cardiovascular medicine have brought new treatments and advancements to the field, while their proficiency in the latest medical and surgical approaches is providing patients in our region with access to exceptional cardiovascular care.

Temple Heart & Vascular Institute

Daniel Edmundowicz, MS, MD
Medical Director

A national authority on the applications of atherosclerosis imaging to cardiovascular disease prevention and risk factor modification, Dr. Edmundowicz has lectured widely and published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles. He leads public health and epidemiologic studies and participates in multi-center clinical trials. Dr. Edmundowicz is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and past president of the ACC’s Pennsylvania Chapter. He is also a member of the American Heart Association and National Lipid Association.

Eric T. Choi, MD
Co-Surgical Director

An avid and widely published researcher, Dr. Choi has received numerous grants from the NIH and American Heart Association. He is a member of the American Association for Vascular Surgery, American Heart Association, and Society of Vascular Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Choi also serves as a reviewer for journals such as Circulation.

Yoshiya Toyoda, MD, PhD
Co-Surgical Director

One of the nation’s most respected and innovative cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. Toyoda is highly experienced in coronary artery bypass surgery, pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, heart, lung and heart-lung transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support for end-stage heart failure. He has performed more than 800 heart, lung and heart-lung transplants, and pioneered many surgical techniques and procedures. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts. He has mentored numerous cardiothoracic surgeons who now take leadership roles nationally and internationally. He is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Steven R. Houser, PhD
Director, Cardiovascular Research Center, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

In more than three decades as a Temple faculty member, Dr. Houser has made significant contributions to understanding the electrical and contractile properties of the heart have earned him international recognition. He is a member of the International Society for Heart Research and the American Physiological Society, and was recently named president-elect of the American Heart Association.